This chapter begins with the disciples asking Jesus to teach them to pray. Interesting that they could have asked Him to teach them how to witness, or to serve or to do miracles or hundred other things. BUT they asked Him to teach them to pray. They had been seeing Jesus get away with His Heavenly Father and the difference & power in his life must have been so evident that they wanted in on it! He then gives them what has been called “The Lord’s Prayer” which is actually meant to be how WE should pray TO the Lord. Principles like reverence, petition, seeking forgiveness from sin, help us for give, keep us from temptation and to persevere.
Then Jesus, always knowing hearts, explains things to his followers and gives warnings:
- He is not Satan and the miracles he does are not from Satan….that would be divisive.
- People think if they would just see more signs/proof they’d believe = not true!
- Guard your eyes & desires. Spend time with God & His Word.
- WOE TO THOSE who try to look good on the outside (i.e. wash your hands, give 10%, go to church, serve the Lord, etc…) but whose hearts are always evil!
*How is your prayer life? Would anyone see it as so incredible that they would ask you to teach them how to pray? Yeah……no one has ever asked me either. Let’s ask GOD to teach us to pray!
*How convinced are you that Jesus is Lord God? Spend time in your Bible and more & more time there. Pray and the Holy Spirit will continue to deepen your faith!
*Finally, are you trying to look better that God knows you are? That was the sin of Ananias & Sapphira in Acts 5 and God didn’t appreciate it! Let’s be real and allow God daily conform us to HIS image!